After the flash of E3 comes the fizzle of May’s US video game sales, which were the lowest for nearly five years, according to figures just released by the NPD research firm. There were plenty of titles for the holiday season to get excited about at the annual trade show last week in LA, but LA Noire, set on the mean streets of 1940s Los Angeles, took the fall for poorer than expected sales in May. Read more
Mobile search and related advertising are booming. This market is really taking off at last.
But the more useful Google becomes, the more it finds itself pushing at the boundaries of what people will find acceptable. Image Search has the potential to be its next privacy landmine. Read more
The latest start-up to get a big boost from Facebook’s brain power and cachet is RockMelt, a “social” web browser that has functions like chat and a friends list built in.
The two companies announced a partnership Tuesday that brings Facebook features into the frame of Rockmelt’s browser, similar to a Google search box, so users can now make friend requests, chat, or send messages to their Facebook contacts no matter what site they’re visiting on the web. Read more
On eBay at least, we are already living in the “post-PC era”.
Figures from its UK site show that tablet devices such as Apple’s iPad – which prompted Steve Jobs to coin the “post-PC” phrase – are now outselling traditional desktop computers. Read more
Tech news from around the web:
Hewlett-Packard is in talks with the leading music labels about building a cloud service that would eventually offer music, movies and TV shows, according to Billboard. Several sources at the major labels have told Billboard that the discussions on a locker-based service are progressing quickly. Read more